What is Android Mobile Device Management (MDM)?

Illustration representing Android MDM

Mobile device management (MDM) is software that enables organizations to support, automate, control, and secure mobile devices that are connected to the workplace and that have access to organizational data.

MDM software is needed for each type of operating system because they all function a little differently from one another. Android MDM is software designed specifically for mobile devices that run the Android operating system (OS).

What is Android MDM used for?

Android MDM is used to remotely access, manage, and implement security protocols on Android mobile devices. It gives IT admins the ability to manage applications and configurations, monitor device security and traffic usage of apps, and secure company data. Android MDM is an essential component for enforcing policies, increasing compliance, and protecting company data.

What is Android Enterprise?

Android Enterprise is a Google program that provides APIs and other IT tools to integrate Android into enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions. It contains a variety of management and security features that developers use for Android devices that enable better management of Android devices within an organization.

EMM is a tool that has slightly different capabilities than MDM, but both are ultimately working toward better management of mobile devices. EEM then evolved into unified endpoint management (UEM), which marries the management of traditional endpoints such as laptops, desktops, virtual machines (VMs), and mobile devices such as tablets and phones.

Main functions/features of Android MDM

Android MDM contains multiple key functions and features, including:

Device enrollment

The first step of effective MDM is enrolling mobile devices in the MDM software. Android MDM typically provides multiple enrollment options, whether manually, sending an enrollment message through email or text message, using QR codes, or utilizing zero-touch enrollment (available with Android Enterprise). Near field communication (NFC), another enrollment method, can also be used for bulk enrollment of Android devices. The specific enrollment options available depend on what your Android MDM solution can support.

Device management

Android MDM enables IT admins to manage Android devices in the workplace effectively. One component within device management includes configuration management, to ensure that all mobile device systems are set up correctly. Application management within the Android MDM software also gives your organization the power to control when apps are deployed, secured, and updated.

Work profiles can also be created, which keep business data and personal data separate on a single device. This partition allows personal information to remain private and work data to be securely separated.

Compliance with regulations

User compliance with mobile devices is difficult, if not impossible, to enforce without an MDM solution. Through the MDM software, you can implement organizational policies to make certain that your business’s IT environment is compliant with your industry’s regulations. Android MDM software can also generate reports on the device overall or on specific requirements to prove compliance.

Security

The security of a business’s IT environment is a top concern, and Android MDM gives IT teams the software tools needed to secure devices and protect the data on those devices. MDM security policies also provide information for users to know how to secure their mobile devices, and Android MDM software helps to enforce those security policies. Creating an MDM strategy will allow you to effectively use the MDM solution to protect data and increase security.

Benefits of using Android MDM

Device visibility

Any device that is enrolled is supported and controlled in your Android MDM software can be seen in the MDM platform. Information from the device is sent to the MDM platform, which gives you the necessary information to take action for protecting mobile devices in your organization and your organization’s data. The increased device visibility that is offered through Android MDM ultimately gives greater control over devices, and you can rest assured that your IT environment is well-protected.

IT efficiency

Android MDM offers IT administrators a centralized platform for managing Android mobile devices. From this single platform, they can monitor mobile devices, enforce policies, set configurations, and deploy applications to multiple Android devices without the need to manually manage each device.

Privacy and work data

Android MDM maintains a separation of work data and applications from personal data using work profiles and containerization, which is the segregation of personal and corporate data using a logical container. This container helps to increase corporate security and management capabilities and ensure that user privacy is maintained.

Scalability

Android MDM solutions are designed to scale with your organization. Using the MDM solution, you can manage large groups of devices or distribute applications to all designated devices. It also offers a way to manage the devices in your business more granularly as your business grows.

Is Mobile Device Management only for Android Devices?

Android MDM helps organizations effectively manage mobile devices that have an Android OS. However, different mobile devices can run on other types of systems, which is why other types of MDM software such as Windows MDM and Apple MDM have been created.

If your organization’s IT environment contains multiple types of operating systems, finding a third-party vendor that provides MDM software is an effective solution. These types of MDM solutions enable you to support heterogeneous environments and device types.

Secure organizational data on Android mobile devices

MDM software is an increasingly essential component of effective device management in business environments. Android MDM, in particular, is necessary for any mobile device running the Android OS. Along with Android mobile devices, there are multiple types of endpoints to manage within an IT environment.

Increasing device visibility and management is critical to protect your organization’s data, which is why RMM and MDM solutions that are used together can offer better management and protection. UEM, which allows you to manage all devices from a single pane of glass, is an ideal solution.

More MDM resources

Next Steps

Building an efficient and effective IT team requires a centralized solution that acts as your core service delivery tool. NinjaOne enables IT teams to monitor, manage, secure, and support all their devices, wherever they are, without the need for complex on-premises infrastructure.

Learn more about Ninja Endpoint Management, request a live tour, or start your free trial of the NinjaOne platform.

You might also like

Ready to become an IT Ninja?

Learn how NinjaOne can help you simplify IT operations.

Watch Demo×
×

See NinjaOne in action!

By submitting this form, I accept NinjaOne's privacy policy.

NinjaOne Terms & Conditions

By clicking the “I Accept” button below, you indicate your acceptance of the following legal terms as well as our Terms of Use:

  • Ownership Rights: NinjaOne owns and will continue to own all right, title, and interest in and to the script (including the copyright). NinjaOne is giving you a limited license to use the script in accordance with these legal terms.
  • Use Limitation: You may only use the script for your legitimate personal or internal business purposes, and you may not share the script with another party.
  • Republication Prohibition: Under no circumstances are you permitted to re-publish the script in any script library belonging to or under the control of any other software provider.
  • Warranty Disclaimer: The script is provided “as is” and “as available”, without warranty of any kind. NinjaOne makes no promise or guarantee that the script will be free from defects or that it will meet your specific needs or expectations.
  • Assumption of Risk: Your use of the script is at your own risk. You acknowledge that there are certain inherent risks in using the script, and you understand and assume each of those risks.
  • Waiver and Release: You will not hold NinjaOne responsible for any adverse or unintended consequences resulting from your use of the script, and you waive any legal or equitable rights or remedies you may have against NinjaOne relating to your use of the script.
  • EULA: If you are a NinjaOne customer, your use of the script is subject to the End User License Agreement applicable to you (EULA).